Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe

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Overview

The enlargement of the European Union eastwards will be one of the dominant issues at the beginning of the twenty-first century. This book is based on a study which brought together scholars from each of the potential member countries to develop a methodology for assessing the process of democratization as a condition of eligibility for EU membership.
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A dozen essays affirm that there is more to democracy than implied by the Polish Coca-Cola ad on the cover. Derived from a 1995 European Council meeting in Madrid, the contributors' study assesses the eligibility of their Central and East European countries (CEECs) for European Union membership by the criterion of progress toward democratization. Distinguishing between formal and substantive democracy, they conclude that all 10 CEECs have made strides<-->especially the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia<-->but need further work toward realizing a democratic political culture. The substantial bibliography includes some foreign language titles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855675278
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 209

Meet the Author

Mary Kaldor is Director of the Programme on Global Civil Society at the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics. Among her most recent publications are New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era (Polity Press and Stanford University Press 1999) and Global Insecurity (edited) (Continuum 2000).

Ivan Vejvoda is Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 Democratization in Central and East European Countries: An Overview 1
2 Democratization in Estonia 25
3 Democratization in Latvia 38
4 Democracy in Lithuania 51
5 Democracy in Poland 67
6 Democracy in the Czech Republic 78
7 The Present State of Democracy in Slovakia 93
8 Democracy in Hungary: 1990-97 105
9 Slovenia: From Yugoslavia to the Middle of Nowhere? 121
10 Romania: From Procedural Democracy to European Integration 135
11 Democratization in Bulgaria: Recent Trends 150
12 Conclusion: Towards a European Democratic Space 162
Further Reading 174
Bibliography 183
Index 191
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